- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has introduced a bill that aims to help agencies collect child support payments.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota joined Poliquin in introducing the proposal this week. It’s the first bill that Poliquin, who represents Maine’s 2nd District, has introduced since entering Congress.

The measure seeks to prevent delinquent parents from being able to manipulate their financial status after a consumer reporting agency has requested their credit rating in order to avoid paying child support or reduce the amount that they owe.

Poliquin says in a statement that being a parent is one of the greatest and most important responsibilities and that Congress must ensure that children have “all the possible opportunities to succeed and have a bright future.”

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